Tailored Trades: Clothes, Labour and Professional Communities (1880-1939)


Launch Event

29 June 2013, People's History Museum, Manchester

Public Lecture

Welcome and Introduction will start at 13:00

Dr Charlotte Wildman (University of Manchester): "Working-Class Women, Fashion, Glamour and Shopping in Manchester, 1910s-1939"

How did women in Manchester use home dressmaking to access fashionable clothes? Dr Wildman’s lecture investigates how young working-class women used home dressmaking to access the latest fashion and imitate film stars.

The lecture will be followed by refreshments and an introduction to work undertaken in the museum’s textile conservation studio. Exhibits from the archive and object collection relating to the lecture will be on display.

Speaker's Biography

Workshop 1: Dress: Art and Industry

11 July 2013, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

This workshop explores conceptual debates on the artistic and industrial production of clothing, as well as their impact on the emerging ready-to-wear industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

'Dress: Art and Industry' Programme

'Dress: Art and Industry' Speakers' Abstracts

Workshop 2: Uniforms and Identity

13 September 2013, Great Hall, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University

This workshop analyses the role of clothes and textiles (especially uniforms) in the organisation of professional groups.

Uniforms and Identity Programme

Workshop 3: Labour Behind the Label: Working with Textiles

8th November 2013, Sutherland Building, Northumbria University

This workshop investigates how operational and professional developments relating to the British textile industry (Taylorism, Fordism, health and safety) effected workers and workers’ communities.

'Labour Behind the Label: Working with Textiles' Programme 


Workshop 4: Women, Clothes and the New Workforce

July 2014, University of Exeter

The final workshop examines the role of clothing in discourses on women’s professional opportunities and challenges (e.g. First World War, shop girls, typists, mannequins, domestic labour).

Tailored Trades Workshop 4 Programme

On line bookings

Network Conference: Clothes, Working Lives and Social Change (1880-1939)

September 2014, Bishopsgate Institute, London

This conference brings together archivists and employees in the heritage sector with literary scholars as well as researchers from social and economic history, fashion and design history.